Man Pleads No Contest to Animal Cruelty

By City News Service

CITY TERRACE – A 21-year-old man who was caught on surveillance video twice hurling his pit bull into a ravine in the City Terrace area pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony animal cruelty charge, along with an unrelated residential burglary count.

Andres Spancky Raya is facing five years in state prison as a result of his plea in the two cases. He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom for sentencing Sept. 6.

Surveillance footage captured Raya throwing the dog — then known as Mary Jane — into a ravine in the 1300 block of Luella Drive last Sept. 26 after she jumped in the open window of his car, then returning to the cul-de-sac two days later and throwing the canine into the ravine again, according to
Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Campbell.

Last October, authorities circulated the video and asked for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.

“The video’s just heartbreaking to see how this man treated this animal in throwing (her) over this ravine on two different occasions,” the prosecutor told reporters shortly after Raya was charged.

The dog — subsequently re-named Hera Grrl — has since been adopted, Campbell said.

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